The EPA at Thirty

Evaluating and Improving the Environmental Protection Agency

Conference Organizers:
Christopher Schroeder, Duke
Richard Lazarus, Georgetown
Robert Percival, Maryland
Jonathan Wiener, Duke

This conference follows on a highly successful event held at Duke ten years ago, the papers from which formed the symposium volume, Assessing the Environmental Protection Agency After Twenty Years: Law, Politics and Economics, 54 Law & Contemp. Prob., No. 4 (Schroeder and Lazarus, Special Eds., 1991). This conference will evaluate EPA from a number of different perspectives. It will examine how EPA takes both science and economics into account in its internal decision making, as well as how issues of distributional fairness are being incorporated into those decisions. It will also assess the institutional setting within which EPA operates, including its interactions with the courts, with the Congress, and with State, Tribal and local authorities. The focus of these examinations is forward-looking, with a view to identifying ways in which environmental policy and policymaking can be positioned to respond successfully to emerging environmental problems. The final session of the conference will be devoted to a broad examination of those emerging problems and the best options for addressing them.

For more information contact:
Dawn Blalock
Tel: 919-613-7080
Box 90360
Durham, NC 27708-0360

Thursday, December 7
9:00 a.m. Introductions and Welcomes
9:15 a.m. EPA and The Courts

Moderator: Richard Lazarus (Georgetown)
Paper: Chris Schroeder (Duke) and Rob Glicksman (Kansas)
Commenters: Lois Schiffer (USDOJ), Jody Freeman (UCLA)

10:45 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. EPA and the Congress

Moderator: Robert Percival (Maryland)
Speaker: Jon Cannon (Virginia)
Commenters: Bill Buzbee (Emory), Steve Shimberg (National Wildlife Federation); Dick Frandsen (Minority Counsel, House Commerce Committee)

12:40 p.m. Lunch & General Counsel Roundtable
General Counsel Roundtable

Moderator: Tom McGarity (Texas)
Gary Guzy (USEPA), Jon Cannon (Virginia), Don Elliott (Yale)

2:15 p.m. EPA and State, Tribal and Local Authorities

Moderator: Doug Wheeler
Speaker: Rena Steinzor (Maryland)
Commenters: Steve Herman (USEPA), Denise Ferguson-Southard (State of Delaware)

4:05 p.m.


4:20 p.m. Decisionmaking at EPA: Distributional and Fairness Concerns

Moderator: Marie Lynn Miranda (Duke)
Speaker: Eileen Guana (Southwestern)
Commenters: Jay Hamilton (Duke), Michael Gerrard (Arnold and Porter), Sheila Foster (Rutgers Camden)

7:15 p.m. Reception and Dinner
Speaker: Tom McGarity (Texas)
Friday, December 8
8:30 a.m. Decision making at EPA: Science and Scientific Analysis

Moderator: Don Hornstein (University of North Carolina)
Speaker: Granger Morgan (Carnegie-Mellon)
Commenters: Morton Lippman (NYU and Acting Chair of EPA's SAB), Gail Charnley (Health Risk Strategies), Wendy Wagner (Texas)

10:25 a.m. Decision making at EPA: Economics, Incentives and Efficiency

Moderator: Jonathan Wiener (Duke)
Speaker: Richard Morgenstern (Resources for the Future)
Commenters: V. Kerry Smith (N.C. State), Liza Heinzerling (Georgetown), Dan Farber (Minnesota)

12:55 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. About EPA's Future

Moderator: Chris Schroeder (Duke)
Paul Portney (Resources for the Future), Don Elliott (Yale), David Roe (Environmental Defense)